Sunday, July 09, 2017

Shirt UpCycle

Having retired just over three years ago,  I still have shirts in my closet with the work logo on them.  It isn't appropriate to donate them to charity, a thrift store or even give them away as I worked in a position of "public trust."    So, slowly, very s-l-o-w-l-y, I have been finding ways to upcycle them.  It is easy if the shirt is a solid color.  But one of my favorites, an oxford cloth narrow stripe, was managing to elude a solution.    Saturday yielded an epiphany for me.

In June of 2016, I got a book titled Crafted Applique - New Possibilities by Lara Bucella.  I had used that method to do part of a previous shirt upcycle.  This time, I decided to do the entire piece using Crafted Applique.   I sat at my computer with Electric Quilt 7 (EQ7)  and planned the design, printed templates and got excited.   I prepared the fabric.  Then, today (the next morning) I cut out the templates and finished it!
I really love the two small circles of hand dyed fabric.  They add a nice depth to the design.
Previously, there was a logo like the one below in that spot.
And, yes, that logo photo is yet one more polo shirt that needs to be upcycled.   As I like  a shirt with a pocket, this upcycle will probably be planned to add a pocket to it.  If you go to the  previous shirt upcycle, you can see how I added a wonky woven pocket to the green shirt.
Now I quietly wait for the next strike of inspiration from my muse.
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Barbara said...

Gene, you are a good example of "waste not, want not", something I heard often growing up. The bonus is that this is a favorite shirt. Ingenious!

Debbie said...

Turned out great! Covering those logos up with design is brilliant:)

kathy said...

haha - When my work polos get tired and itchy, I recycle them into rags for the airplane. I have a ton of these shirts and while I like the color, I don't particularly want to wear them as polos ever again. I think on my last uniform order before I retire, I'll get the biggest size and use them as yardage to make a cooler tshirt.
Good job on re-purposing.

Jeanna said...

This is awesome! I love the design, Gene.